What We Do

For the second consecutive year, Black River Audubon Society (BRAS) has been awarded a grant from National Audubon Society (NAS) to carry out a restoration project.


The Refuge is located in Oak Harbor, Ohio, 15 miles east of Toledo on the shore of Lake Erie. Established in 1961, it contains approximately 6000 acres. It is a major resting area of many migratory birds. The Refuge is a small part of the original Great Black Swamp that covered 300,000 acres. The Swamp was drained by farmers and loggers in the early 1900s.


In the April/May 2010 National Wildlife Magazine, experts chose the top spring birding spots. One of the experts, Kenn Kaufman, chose the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area/Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. He says it is the warbler capital of the world and among the top five spring birding destinations in North America.


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